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Sea Lion Caves

91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
+1 541-547-3111
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Awesome

This place is worth the cost and stop. The cave was amazing and the view of the ocean was amazing... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
okcowgal
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Santa Barbara, California
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Cute Little Guys!

There they were...flopped out on the beach. Noisy too, but in a great adorable way. Quite a few... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Picky47
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Texas
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Considered the largest sea cave in the United States, this site is where Steller sea lions and their cubs take shelter each year. Sea Lion Caves is a privately owned wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary. The Caves has been in operation since 1932 preserving and protecting the wildlife under our care. We are open 363 days a year only closed on Christmas and Thanksgiving day. Our normal hours of operation are 9 am until dusk year round. We are not a zoo and the animals are free to come and go as they please. The sea lions can usually be found at either of four locations on the property; in the Cave, in the water, at the Lookout/rockery, and on other nearby rock ledges. HOWEVER, THE SEA LIONS ARE NOT ALWAYS IN THE CAVE OR MAY BE MIGRATING OUT OF AREA - THEY ARE WILD ANIMALS AND COME AND GO AS THE PLEASE. CALL AHEAD FOR INFORMATION. Self-guided are the rule, but guided tours are available.
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“gift shop” (129 reviews)
“viewing area” (56 reviews)
“fudge” (24 reviews)
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91560 Highway 101, Florence, OR 97439-8233
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This place is worth the cost and stop. The cave was amazing and the view of the ocean was amazing! Their gift shop was crazy awesome. Love their sweatshirts and clothes. Omg the fudge and popcorn was out of this world. I will stop just...More

1  Thank okcowgal
Reviewed 5 days ago

There they were...flopped out on the beach. Noisy too, but in a great adorable way. Quite a few steps down to the viewing level, then more to get to the elevator and go down to see the cave. There were about 15 or so in...More

1  Thank Picky47
Reviewed 6 days ago

There are stairs but they are not too bad to climb. There is an elevator down so you can see into the cave without bothering the sea lions. Plus a video and a view of the lighthouse.

Thank treysia
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Steps to climb down to viewing then you have a declined walkway. A bit of a challenge for some. You take an elevator down to caves. Lighting is minimal and slanted. It was not what I expected. Then you have the walk up and the...More

1  Thank Mary M
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. Because we are an all-natural wildlife preserve and marine sanctuary everything is real. Unlike a zoo or amusement park, the cave was naturally formed over 25 million years ago. We have made every effort to provide our guests...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fun quick stop. 200 foot elevator drop into the largest sea carved cave to view sea lions. Mating season the best (to see them bunched up); Rain and rough waters good for viewing too as they favor the comfort of the cave. A little expensive...More

Thank wayne n
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. We are happy you enjoyed your experience. If you compare our pricing to similar family oriented attractions, you’ll find that our pricing is generally about 10-20 percent below similar venues. Our adult ticket price is $14.00 each. Seniors...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Definitely check the Sea Lion Caves out. It was very cool to see and hear (!) so many - in their natural environment. I would definitely go back again.

Thank NM80439
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to view wildlife and fun for kids too. Make sure to call ahead of time. There are some times during the year that the seals are not in the caves. Usually when the salmon are migrating through the area. They...More

Thank brianc00per2159
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A simple and easy family stop that will excite everyone. This is access this a cliff view of a rock with 20+ sea lions sunning and frolicking. Then you take an elevator down into a HUGE underground cave with more sea lions. Super fun and...More

Thank PelleasPhiladelphia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Drove up to the caves at the beginning of the day. Very nice area, not too crowded at 0900. Maybe that's why there weren't so many sea lions. If it's the animals you want to see, go down to San Francisco. If you also want...More

Thank Sigipooh
William C, Guest Relations Manager at Sea Lion Caves, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for visiting Sea Lion Caves. Because we are an all-natural wildlife preserve and marine sanctuary, and none of the animals are held in captivity, our scenery, inhabitants and weather conditions can change by the hour. Each visitor gets a backstage pass to see...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My best friend and her son came out from Virginia and she wanted to do something fun but still educational with her son, so of course this was my first thought. Was a bit windy as usual but sun was out and it was a...More

Thank wendyY949MJ
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Kristin P
How much time would you normally expect to spend here?
14 May 2017|
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Response from Joanna T | Reviewed this property |
There is a gift shop.. free to browse in. with a huge big screen tv.. with a live feed to watch the Sea Lions.. if you choose to go down to the caves ( you walk down stairs outside ) the cost is: Adults: $14.00... More
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Kristin P
How dangerous is the trail to get there? Is is really easy to lose your footing? We would like to go, but we have an 11 month old. We were planning on babywearing her in her Lillebaby carrier, but now I'm worried that the rocks on the trail might be too slick for this to be safe? Opinions?
14 May 2017|
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Response from paleandinteretsing | Reviewed this property |
i think it would be fine. it was wet the day we went and we didn't have a problem
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45instructor
You state the walk is not for faint of heart. Is it steep? Slick? Hilly? We are considering visiting but I am concerned with the walk.
9 April 2017|
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Response from Rich_Holden | Reviewed this property |
The walk is not steep nor too hilly. It's just that it is literally cliff-side, but with very sturdy railings and a wide path, so go and enjoy the spectacular views.
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